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AboutWhy get up in the morning to work at Taco Bell when you could be traveling the continental US pushing your band's fresh new sound to people near and far? Precisely the philosophy of five guys from Tallahassee, FL. Derek, Jeremy, Alex, Brooks and Jake all decided to quit their jobs thinking outside of the bun and started to think about performing in a parade

Mayday Parade was born when two popular Tallahassee bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining to have different kind of holdups. They pooled their resources, booted out the undedicated members and decided to take the good from each band and move forward. Armed with a dynamic lead singer Derek Sanders of Defining Moment, Mayday Parade explodes with energy and personality. Fans of both bands came together in support of the Parade and it wasn't long until thousands of other new fans got into the action. Mayday Parade knew they'd have to start at thesroots level and began to work themselves to the top. Through their catchy tunes and fun attitude, they have hooked fans at their shows and online with an interactive MySpace selling 10,000 EPs without label support.

With the work hard, play hard, do whatever it takes to spread your music philosophy that most young bands need to have these days, the band took to the road and started winning over kids not just in Florida, but across the country. Mayday Parade was consistently in the top 30 unsigned artists on MySpace. They've consolidated over 50,000 friends and growing and have totaled over 2.4 Million plays. With labels hot on their tail, Mayday Parade decided that Fearless Records was the one for them and signed at the end of the summer 2006.

They then released their first professional record, A Lesson In Romantics in 2007. Shortly after, one of the lead singers/guitarists Jason Lancaster (he was the lead guitarist and singer of Kid Named Chicago) left the band over a songwriting dispute. He then started his own band, Go Radio. There are no hard feelings between the two bands, although Lancaster later commented, "I wish it could have gone down differently."

In 2009, the band released their second album and first without Lancaster, Anywhere But Here.

Mayday Parades live show also conveys their personality through a show that is intensely full of life. The band knows how to put on an engaging show with five energetic members there's no escaping the energy that Mayday Parade brings. Theyre all over the stage making sure the audience goes home happy and wanting more.They love to get the crowd engaged!

The band began writing their new record in December 2008, the first writing process as a band without lyricist Lancaster. The band finished recording in June 2009. The title track, "Anywhere But Here", was posted on their MySpace on July 28, along with a blog explaining that the first single of the new album will be called "The Silence", and would be released on August 11, 2009. On August 4, "The Silence" was released on Mayday Parade's MySpace and through iTunes. On September 9, Mayday Parade released another song from the album called "Kids in Love" to their MySpace page. The new album, entitled Anywhere But Here, was released on October 6, 2009.

Mayday Parade co-headlined both the 2009 Fall Ball tour with The Academy Is..., with supporting acts such as You Me at Six, The Secret Handshake, and Set Your Goals and the 2010 Take Action Tour along with We the Kings, A Rocket to the Moon, and [[There for Tomorrow] The band covered the song "We Are the Champions" by Queen for the compilation album Punk Goes Classic Rock, released on April 27, 2010. They also recorded a cover of "In My Head" by Jason Derülo for the next release in the franchise, Punk Goes Pop 3, which was released on November 2, 2010.

In 2011, the band released an EP, entitled Valdosta (named after Valdosta, GA) that contained 6 tracks, including 2 brand new songs; "Amber Lynn" and "Terrible Things". The bulk of the EP contained acoustic versions of "Kids In Love" and "Bruised and Scarred" from "Anywhere But Here", "Your Song" from "Tales Told By Dead Friends" and "Jamie All Over" from "A Lesson In Romantics". Valdosta was released through Atlantic and Fearless Records on March 8, 2011.

On March 10, Songkick recognized Mayday Parade as the hardest working band of 2010, with 194 bookings and 74,000 miles logged in the entire year, with Willie Nelson and Lady Gaga ranking #7 and #8 in comparison.[8] Mayday Parade played all the dates on the Australian 2011 Soundwave Festival.[9] The band also played Slam Dunk Festival (both North and South) in Leeds and Hatfield (UK) on 28 and 29 May 2011, coinciding with their UK tour with A Rocket To The Moon and We Are The In Crowd.

Written by the band in a beach house in Panacea, Florida, the self-titled album was produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, who also produced A Lesson in Romantics.[10] Kenneth Mount tweeted a picture of the album's tentative track list on April 13, 2011.[11] Lead singer Derek Sanders also stated that "Oh Well, Oh Well" would likely be the first track.[12] Four days later, Jake Bundrick, the drummer of Mayday Parade, tweeted to confirm that their third full-length album had been completed.

On July 6, 2011, Mayday Parade announced that they would be releasing their new self-titled album on October 4, 2011. They also released the tracklisting, revealing that the album had 12 songs. On July 27, Mayday Parade premiered the track "Oh Well, Oh Well" for the first time online at Alternative Press. On September 4, it was posted on Mayday Parade's Facebook page that they would be releasing a song from the new album, called "When You See My Friends" via iTunes on September 9th. This was posted followed by a series of pictures of the band captioned with lyrics from the song.

On October 4th, 2011 Mayday Parade released their new self titled album which quickly reached #5 on the iTunes album list.

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